Jade lops locks for charity

Jade after having her hair shaved-off (and below before) with big sister Chantelle and their grandad Joseph Latta.

Jade after having her hair shaved-off (and below before) with big sister Chantelle and their grandad Joseph Latta.

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THIS brave teenager has lopped off her long locks in the name of charity.

Jade Sharp was cheered on by crowds of friends both inside and out of The Barber Shop, Marton, as she saw her long brown hair shaved off to just a 3mm close cut.

Jade before she has her head shaved.

Jade before she has her head shaved.

Though just 14-years-old Jade isn’t self conscious about her new hairstyle, instead she is determined it will prompt people to sponsor her to raise money for Trinity Hospice.

The St George’s School pupil has been inspired to fund-raise for the palliative care unit and counselling provider since her beloved ‘Pop’, Joseph Latta, was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

And Joseph, 66, couldn’t be prouder of his granddaughter.

He said: “I had a shock when they told me I had cancer, but I had even more of a shock when she told me she was shaving her head.

“I’m very, very proud of her –she looks just as beautiful.”

Jade, of Langdale Road, Mereside, said: “I saw other people had shaved their heads and thought that’s a really good way of raising money. I just want to fundraise for them because they’ve helped my Pop.”

She and sister Chantelle, 16, have also been having counselling at the Linden Centre, within the Hospice on Low Moor Road, Bispham.

Mum Marie Latta said: “Trinity Hospice has been fantastic, that’s what spurred Jade on, knowing how much they do for people.

“I think Jade sees this as a way of releasing it all, it’s just something she needed to do.

“Normally at 14 girls are quite vain but she doesn’t care, she knows it will grow back.”

Popular Jade was cheered on by more than 50 friends and family, gathered at the barbers on Cherry Tree Road North on Monday afternoon, as hairdresser Sally Livesey shaved into her ponytail, encouraging the teenagers to dig deep and add to Jade’s total of £270 raised so far.

The inspirational teenager hopes to raise £500 for the Hospice, to ensure other families get the same care her own has.

She added: “They’ve been so supportive of us.”

• To sponsor Jade, visit: www.justgiving.com/Jade-Sharp28

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